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Review: Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Brad Peyton's sequel
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 7, 2012
1.5 1.5 Stars

I liked the tiny elephants and the Rock bouncing berries off his pecs, but Brad Peyton's sequel is as bad as the 2008 original. Now a rebellious teen, Sean (Josh Hutcherson) can't accept his stepdad Hank (Dwayne Johnson). What better way to bond than by solving the code sent by his granddad (Michael Caine) that instructs them to combine the maps in Gulliver's Travels, Treasure Island, and Jules Verne's eponymous novel to find the legendary atoll somewhere in the South Pacific? So much for literature; on to the clichés, which include Luis Guzmán as a buffoonish native helicopter pilot, Vanessa Hudgens as his tough-cookie daughter, and Caine as a shadow of his Cockney self. Since this a Walden Production, family values trump suspense, fun, and, of course, mystery. Let's just say that everyone learns that having a dad is great and sometimes heading home on the Nautilus beats mining a mountain of gold.

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